Nearly one million households in the UK have had to call in experts to sort out their botched DIY jobs, according to a new report.
Instead of hiring professionals to do the job straightaway, seven out of ten people polled said they attempted to tackle the home improvement themselves in order to save money.
Altogether, householders spent a staggering £290 million on calling in tradesmen to fix up the job, a study by Harris Brushes revealed.
Nearly one million households in the UK have had to call in experts to sort out their botched DIY jobs, according to a new report
And 12 per cent of bunglers were left with bills that totalled more than £1600, while the average amount spent to fix a botched job was £360.
The survey showed that 62 per cent admitted they messed up the project themselves and were forced to call in a professional.
While 25 per cent of DIYers left the project unfinished when they became frustrated and simply ‘gave up’ when a problem arose.
Another reason to skip the hassle and call in an expert is that an estimated 30,000 eye injuries are caused every year by people doing home improvements, according to experts.
Nine out of 10 people fail to wear goggles to protect their eyes when carrying out home improvements, according to the College of Optometrists.
Instead of hiring professionals to do the job straightaway, seven out of ten people polled said they attempted to tackle the improvement themselves in order to save money
Top of the nation’s to-do list is DIY and decorating, with eight in 10 Brits catching up on everything from odd jobs to major makeovers round the home
However, it seems DIYers are failing to prepare properly for a weekend of exertions.
More than a third confessed they did not prepare their bodies for the physical demands of their day of DIY.
A similar number admitted they weren’t used to physical work or were too out of shape for hard graft.